Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Sleep Problems

Sleep Problems

It is estimated that 25% of all children will experience some type of sleep problem at some point. These problems can include difficulty falling, asleep, nighttime awakenings, nightmares, night terrors, daytime sleepiness, teeth grinding & clenching, and more. Sleep problems can occur on their own or in conjunction with other disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Although these problems can become chronic, they are highly treatable. It is imperative that children maintain healthy sleep habits, as sleep is critical for a child’s physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social development.

Helpful Websites

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Family Physicians
National Sleep Foundation
American Academy of Pediatrics

Books for Parents and Caregivers

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
by Marc Weissbluth

Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep
By Judy A. Owens & Jodi Mindell

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems 
by Richard Ferber

Books for Children & Teens

I Don’t Want to Sleep Tonight
By Deborah Norville


Sleep Tips for Children
Sleep Tips for Adolescents
Sleep in Preschoolers (3-5 years)
Sleep in School-Age Children (6-12 years)
Sleep in Adolescents (13-18 years)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep Terrors
Resolving Bedtime Problems
Resolving Nightwakings
Resolving Nighttime Fears